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Aloe somaliensis (Somalian Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloe somaliensis C.H.Wright ex W.Watson

Common Names

Somalian Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe somaliensis var. marmorata

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe somaliensis is a stemless or short-stemmed, clump-forming succulent with rosettes of highly ornamental, white and green variegated leaves. The broad leaves have variable zigzag markings and pink or brown spines. Flowers are tubular, pale-pink to red and appear in late summer on up to 32 inches (80 cm) tall spikes. A. somaliensis, Aloe hemmingii and Aloe harlana are very similar and difficult to identify.

Photo by Stan Shebs

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown plant can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, it is essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.

These succulents are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. In the spring, repot Aloes that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third sand or pebbles. During the repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to carefully divide the root ball. Some varieties of Aloe will send off offsets that can be potted independently.

Aloe plants need strong, bright light. They can withstand full summer sun, once acclimated. In the winter, provide bright light. It prefers warmer temperatures of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C) but will survive down to 40 °F (4.5 °C). Feed with a succulent fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloe

Origin

Aloe somaliensis is native to northern Somalia and Djibouti.

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